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Catherine Schuetze

Professional Bio
Dr Catherine Schuetze BVBiol (Hons), BVSc, CVA, BAPS (Hons), PhD Candidate, is an Australian veterinarian and medical anthropologist specialising in the veterinary anthropology of Tibetan cultural areas. She helped found the NGO, Vets Beyond Borders in 2004 and assisted in establishing animal welfare and veterinary public health programs in India and Bhutan while living there for over a decade. She worked with both governmental and non-governmental organisations and focused on One Health initiatives like rabies and other zoonotic disease control programs, dog population management, animal welfare, and training veterinary and allied personnel. 

Currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney investigating Veterinary Anthropology of Bhutan and Tibetan cultural areas, her earlier research interests included Tibetan medicine, medical anthropology, marine mammal diseases, and conservation. She is particularly interested in human-animal studies and how human’s relationships with animals, are informed by, and in turn inform their religion and society; and further, how this affects the ways veterinarians practice. This interest was piqued while practising as a veterinarian in the Himalayas and India for fifteen years. Her veterinary clinical focus is on companion animal acupuncture, herbal and integrated medicine, and palliative care.


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